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Communion and Context: Eucharistic Liturgies for Living in a Broken World

Register today! Registration closes on Monday, September 25.

The Eucharist, Communion, or Lord’s Supper is a fundamental Christian practice that undergirds Christian identity and nourishes faithful living. This workshop will offer participants an opportunity to intentionally reflect upon their congregation’s practice of the Eucharist, mindful of the social, political, and economic issues present in their community and the city of Chicago. The workshop will begin on Friday evening with an address from Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes re-imagining the ways Christ’s presence may be revealed in our fellowship at the Lord’s Table.

On Saturday morning, workshop participants will explore the various liturgical elements of the Lord’s Supper. While reflecting on their own practice and liturgical resources participants will be encouraged to explore the possibility of using new resources or creating new liturgies with their congregations that reflect the lived realities in their communities. A panel discussion will follow that explores the intersections between the Eucharist and the issues of white supremacy, material poverty, deportation, and incarceration. Participants will be encouraged to write out a plan of action to bring conversations regarding the Eucharist, issues of injustice, and liturgical practices back to their congregations and communities.

The workshop will conclude with a worship service and celebration of the Lord’s Supper. 

This program is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Time:
Friday, September 29, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (A light Dinner will be provided)
Saturday, September, 30, 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (A Light Breakfast and Lunch will be provided)

Location:
McCormick Theological Seminary, Common Room
5460 S. University Ave. Chicago, IL, 60615

Guest Speakers:
Cláudio Carvalhaes: Associate Professor of Worship Union Theological Seminary in New York City
W. Scott Haldeman: Associate Professor of Worship Chicago Theological Seminary
Reggie Williams: Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago
Marilyn Pagán-Banks: Executive Director of A Just Harvest in Chicago, IL
Rev. Paula Cripps-Vallejo, Lead Pastor of Humboldt Park United Methodist Church, Chicago, IL

Contact Person:
Derek Elmi-Buursma derekbuursma@go.mccormick.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch and Dinner will be served. Do you have any food allergies or restrictions? If so, please let us know.